Did The FBI Say That Kim Dotcom Of MegaUpload Had An “Internet Doomsday” Device?
A New Zealand law enforcement official has claimed that the FBI told him that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was in possession of a “doomsday device” that would wipe out file sharing servers all over the world, eliminating evidence of copyright infringement. The highly unlikely scenario has increased the perception that the US government’s attempts to reign in copyright infringement online have been uninformed and misguided.
The New Zealand Herald reports on the testimony, which came out during a judicial review of the police raid. Armed police stormed Dotcom’s Auckland estate by road and air in January.
[Detective Inspector Grant] Wormald said he was told by the FBI that Dotcom “carried a device with him to delete servers around the world”. Earlier evidence stated no such device was ever found.
[Dotcom's Lawyer Paul] Davison, who had called it a “Doomsday” device, was told the device could have been triggered in seconds from any computer, laptop or phone in the possession of about 20 people on the property.
Davison also called the raid “woefully incompetent and inept.”
Critics of proposed legislation in the US see the efforts as helping large corporations, with no real emphasis on intellectual property or fair use.
I kinda hope that this is just an over-eager New Zealand official who got carried away with American intelligence- or who is looking to shift the blame. Unfortunately, the FBI is unlikely to “comment on an ongoing investigation.”